Accent on Wine

+64 9-358-2552 347 Parnell Rd
Auckland, 1052
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We have selected some of the top home grown Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from some of the leading producers in the country. The criteria is to offer outstanding wines guided by their respective terroir, varietal characteristics and value for money, we have also included an Italian Vernaccia from Tuscany which is very distinctive and yes...very aromatic. For those of you tired of the same old Chardonnay or some of the over the top and in many cases sweet Sauvignon Blanc, this is for you, if you haven’t tried any of them before we suggest that you do because they are among the best to be found and yet… very affordable. – Description from iskicm

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  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I reported on my  visits to wineries in Walla Walla on Tuesday. Today I am reporting on visits both in Prosser, which lies roughly between Walla Walla and Seattle in the Yakima Valley as well as to wineries located basically within Seattle’s metropolitan footprint. As I’v... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?

  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put what follows in context. I spent a week traveling the region recently and was franklyunsure of how these articles would play out. I didn’t know exactly what to expect and was prepared to write apair of articles on Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Syrah, bu... Read More

    From the article Which Wine in Walla Walla?

  • I’m kicking off this year's series on value wines by taking a look at one the regions least commonly associated with value: Bordeaux. Now that’s not because Bordeaux doesn't offer value, it’s just that their value wines get little attention from the media. I’m not sure why that is. Why the big names glom all of the media’s attention. I think bac... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux under $15

  • I took some heat last week for my less than glowing review of Brunello di Montalcino. While those wines were attractive, if you’re suggesting to people that they spend money on wines from Montalcino this year, my money is on the Rossos. I’m here to try and present the value proposition to readers. Sure values come in shapes and sizes, may they a... Read More

    From the article Great Rosso di Montalcino

  • Readers of these pages will know that I have not been the biggest supporter of Brunello di Montalcino. I had some harsh words for the wines as a whole in the pre-Brunellogate era, and have often been left wanting by many of the wines. Unfortunately I am here today to report a bit of the same. Granted I am going to be discussing the 2009 vintage,... Read More

    From the article 2009 Brunello di Montalcino

  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2009


    The furthest south of these wines, also at about 900 foot elevation, 18 to 20 day maceration, highest alcohol of the bunchPerfumed and gently spicy on the nose with an accent of oak and sweetness layered over strawberry and mineral fruit, turning a bit smoky with nutty oak. Smooth and polished in the mouth with nice strong strawberry fruit on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Recioto Della Valpolicella la Roggia 2010


    Huge aromas of raisins, dried blackberries, black cherries are joined by accents of bitter chocolate, black tea, and leather on the complex and deep nose. This is relatively sweet, with huge acids keep this lively, if quite creamy with black cherry fruit laced with vanilla on the palate. Theres a lot of spice and floral accent to the palate tho... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • It’s the heart of winter here in the northern hemisphere, a time when our attentions turn to robust red wines. One wine in particular seems to be relegated to these cold months, and that is a bit of a shame. I’m talking about the often misunderstood Amarone. A powerful wine, one with relatively high alcohol and rich flavors, but one that often i... Read More

    From the article Understanding Amarone

  • We’re now on episode five of cellar clean-up, today focusing on a handful of White Meritage Blends. I would love to have had additional examples to compare these wines to, but that was not to be. It’s a fascinating, if tiny category of wines. In the face of both the popularity of and obviously suitable sites for red Meritage Blends one could be ... Read More

    From the article A Question of Meritage

  • Stonestreet Terrace Ridge 2011


    62% Semillon, 38% Sauvignon BlancHugely aromatic with intense floral framed notes of spiced, dried lemons draped over melon, dried peach and grapefruit aromas. A little soft on entry and smaller scaled in the mouth than the nose suggest. This delivers rather vibrant and taut melon, apricot and grapefruit flavors with a nice gooseberry accent to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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